Our mission . . .

is to prepare students to become professionals in teaching and related fields of sport science and wellness based upon current professional standards and ethics. Students are encouraged to become critical thinkers and school leaders.  We educate our students to serve people of all ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and health conditions. The department applies its knowledge bases, through various technologies, to both research and service activities within the University setting and to community constituencies.

Our faculty . . .

are innovative and highly experienced in wide range of sport, exercise, and health areas. Our new facilities in Infocision Stadium allow them to implement the latest technologies in their teaching, like the Hydroworx pool and the BodPod.  Our faculty are active in current research and national organizations; they are involved with local community agencies and school districts.  Meet our faculty

Our programs . . .

A student in General Medical Aspects checks the pulse in the leg of a fellow student aim is to help improve the quality of life and health of individuals, families and communities. Specifically, our department focuses on the development of sport, exercise, health and wellness programs that promote physical activity and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. In order to serve the University of Akron community, we offer a variety of programs supporting our mission.

Undergraduate majors include athletic training, exercise science, physical education, and sport studies. Within these majors, undergraduate concentrations are available in: 

  • sport management/sport
  • exercise physiology
  • strength conditioning/coaching
  • pre-physical therapy

Specialization allows our students to increase their marketability to potential job employers by having the needed specific theoretical and applied knowledge.

At the graduate level the Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education offers majors in exercise physiology/adult fitness, sport science/coaching, and physical education

Learn more about our programs by following the links above or at left.